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A national phone support service to help newly discharged stroke survivors make the transition back home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched by the Irish Heart Foundation in conjunction with the HSE’s National Stroke Programme. The check-in service is a ground-breaking response to significant reductions in community supports for stroke survivors resulting from both illness and the redeployment of large numbers of healthcare professionals to help tackle the COVID-19 emergency, coupled with earlier than usual discharge of many patients from hospital. “Leaving the care of an expert team of doctors, nurses, and therapists to return home…

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John Low traces the life and work of arguably the greatest mind in Western music Infant prodigy, genius composer, virtuoso musician, linguist, mason, wit, dandy, billiard hustler, sometime drunkard, gambler, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart’s life was short, highly eventful and far from sweet. A large part of his adult life was spent begging from friends and chasing payment from his many benefactors and employers in a mainly unsuccessful attempt to maintain his and his spouse’s chaotic and profligate lifestyle. There were periods during his Vienna years- he moved there in 1781 aged 25-when he was earning…

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In the  latest of her literary-themed travels around these islands Lorna Hogg visits locations featured in the historical novels of Hilary Mantel Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s grim faced and corpulent ‘ political adviser’ initially sounds like an unlikely character to draw wide public interest. However, when he inspired two Booker Prize winning stories  –  and a popular TV series, curiosity grew. The final book of the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light  is due out shortly , and another TV series has been commissioned – so can Henry’s Chancellor provide author Hilary Mantel with a hat-trick of three…

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John McColgan’s career as a multi award-winning producer and director began in the mid-seventies at RTÉ Television where he went on to become Head of Entertainment and he was also Head of Weekend Entertainment at TVAM – ITV’s breakfast television service. He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven-minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage-show spectacular. Among John’s many other directorial credits are a critically-acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s19th century melodrama The Shaughraun for The Abbey Theatre and he produced a major theatrical event marking the State visit of Queen…

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“Maybe she will grow up to be a doctor like you” Dr Veronica Ades – MSF obstetrician South Sudan It’s Friday night and I’m on call for any maternity complications. At 11.30 pm, one of the midwives calls to say he has a patient he is concerned about. ‘Dr Veronica, I have a patient who has had three previous stillbirths and is complaining of vomiting. She is worried about the baby. The foetal heart rate is 170.’  With three previous stillbirths, I wonder whether they were related, or if this patient has just had incredibly bad…

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Northside Home Care Services are extending their Meals on Wheels Service Delivery in areas of North Dublin, to assist those in need of meals delivered to their homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic. With your hugely appreciated generosity in donating we will be able to cover the cost of these meals for those who simply cannot afford to avail of the service every day to feed themselves and/or their family. The cost of a single delivered meal is 5 euro. Our goal is to raise 10,000 euro which will allow us to deliver 2,000 meals. Please donate what you can afford…

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In recent days, the AA Rescue service has seen an increase in breakdown callouts, with many instances of a car fault being caused by lack of use during the current COVID-19 restrictions. To help people stay safe at home and keep their car in running order, our AA Rescue team have put together some top tips to be aware of. Despite the reductions in traffic volumes, the AA is still attending to approximately 250 breakdowns per day on average, many of which are being reported by those making essential journeys – such as healthcare workers. Idle cars risk flat batteries Under the…

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With weeks and possibly months of compulsory home-dwelling ahead I’ve decided to sift through years and years of photos and hoards of travel memorabilia. I found this old photo of Jammets Restaurant, 45-46 Nassau Street. I I must have taken it in my early twenties since I now know that restaurant was in Nassau Street from 1926 until it closed in 1967 – when my weekly wage would not have stretched to cover a starter. When a young John Lennon (in 1964) signed the visitor book he drew a caricature sketch of himself and wrote:“The other three are saving up…

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DIGITAL DANCE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE AGED 50+ | EVERY WEDNESDAY | FROM 2PM CoisCéim Broadreach have moved their popular weekly dance class for people aged 50+ online –  and you’re invited to dance from the comfort of your home.  Every Wednesday a new video of Philippa Donnellan’s class is posted on CoisCéim’s website at https://coisceim.com/classes-fifty-plus/.  Start with easy warm-up exercises and learn different dances – have some fun and keep moving together! At the click of the mouse you can watch on your computer, phone or tablet, then just join in and dance. AND – if you can’t get the moves the first time – just…

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